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of japan, the u.s. and south korea are scheduled to meet in washington on monday to address tensions on the korean peninsula. maehara said he wants to discuss with his u.s. and south korean counterparts which conditions must be met before the three countries accept china's proposal for talks. >>> large scale joint japanese-u.s. military drills have begun in various locations across japan. the eight-day exercise kicked off on wednesday involving 60 ships and 400 airplanes. 45,000 personnel from japan's self-defense forces and the u.s. military are participating. >> continuing to build the u.s. navy's relationship with the japanese self-defense forces is an important step forward as we work together for the defense of japan. >> the maneuvers include training on shooting down incoming ballistic missiles. they are simulating defensive drills in kyushu and okinawa. south korean senior military officials are expected to participate as observers forhe first time. the military exercises between japan and the u.s. come as tensions simmer in the korean peninsula and other parts of east asia. f
to do to foreign leaders after the embarrassing wikileaks release of classified u.s. embassy cables. >> i have certainly raised the issue of the leaks in order to assure our colleagues that it will not in any way interfere with american diplomacy. >> clinton was attending a meeting of the organization for security and cooperation in europe in the kazakhstan capital on wednesday. she later told reporters that the participants there agreed that despite the document leaks, the u.s. would continue to play an important role in the international community. clinton added that it is natural for foreign governments to raise questions about the leaks and pledged to offer a satisfactory explanation. >>> in washington, state department spokesperson phillip crowley said the u.s. government is investigating the leaks as a criminal matter. he said the government will continue to review security procedures to make sure that this does not happen again. the leaking of classified documents the whistleblowing website wikileaks is drawing mixed reactions. some say the site supports the public's right to
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. japan self-defense forces and the u.s. military will begin their annual joint exercises on friday. the drills are being held amid growing tensions between north and south korea following artillery exchanges in november. 60 vessels including the u.s. nuclear aircraft carrier "george washington," 400 airplanes and 45,000 personnel will begin in the tenth annual exercise. eight days of mock drills will take place over a wide area, including waters off japan's main island in the sea of japan and near the southern islands of kyushu in okinawa. one of the main drills will focus on responding to ballistic missile attacks. mock attacks from the two countries ekewind with aegis radar will practice acquiring and tracking missiles. drills will also include defending japan's remote southern islands. jet fighters will patrol the southern air space. and destroyers will patrol the waters to prevent enemy forces from landing on the islands. >>> as military tensions on the korean peninsula and other east asian regions continue to increase
, taxes there are many issues but i will use my few minutes to talk about taxes. the u.s. has the second worst tax system amongst our competitors. japan has the privilege of being first. i draw your attention to this chart which boasts statutory rate, marginally effective rates, and average effective corporate tax rates. however you slice it, the u.s. is pretty bad. for the reasons that barry mentioned and grant has emphasized, the u.s. is not an attractive place from a tax standpoint to produce and it is becoming an increasingly less attractive place to have headquarters. the u.s. has many other advantages, of course, and those more than offset, in many instances, the tax disadvantages but taxes are something the federal government can actually do something about. i agree with most economists would subscribe to what barry said which is the exchange rate is the big elephant in this room. however, if you recall the last time a treasury secretary argued for a weak dollar, your memory is better than mine. that is never an explicit u.s. government -- has never been an explicit u.s. governme
outlook. >>> the u.s. federal reserve has decided to keep its easy monetary policy. the decision was made at a federal open market committee meeting in washington on tuesday. this came as new data shows that unemployment is on the rise again. the fed said in a statement that the economic recovery is continuing, though not quickly enough to bring down unemployment. it also said inflation is somewhat low relative to levels that the committee judges to be consistent with its mandate to stabilize prices. the fed is said to continue expanding its holdings of securities as announced in november. it says it intends to purchase $600 billion of longer-termed treasuries. at the same time the fed will maintain its target range of federal funds rate at 0 to 0.25%. its record monetary stimulus has triggered inflation concerns. skeptics have also questioned its effectiveness. kansas city fed president thomas hoenig voted against the decision, saying the continuing policy -- or saying continuing the policy, rather, amid the recovery may destabilize the economy. >>> china says it will raise export duties
. tonight a countdown special report. how much money will the u.s. have to borrow from other countries to finance extending the bush tax cuts? and why won't the treasury department reveal how much they will borrow from middle eastern countries? >>> but first in our fifth story tonight, the reason for borrowing these countries. the president tonight announcing a deal. all by sealed to extend all the bush tax cuts for two years. postponing the debate until the 2012 presidential campaign. president obama tonight after meeting with congressional democratic leaders announcing bipartisan agreement on a framework for a deal. >> the republicans have asked for more generous treatment of the estate tax than i think is wise or warranted. but we have insisted that that will be temporary. i have no doubt that everyone will find something in this compromise that they don't like. in fact, there are things that i don't like, namely, the extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, and the wealthiest estates. but these tax cuts will expire in two years. and i'm confident that as we make toug
of the immigrant resource center, who was trying to help low- income immigrants adjust to life in the u.s. new life after amnesty, a lot of people were not able to immigrate because of a lack of money. still to this point, i see a lot of immigrants who want to get their work permits. i ask them how long they have been here. sometimes they have been here since the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's. a lot of them are elderly who are ready to retire. i had 165-year-old man who is alone, no family -- a 65-year- old man who is alone, no family here, but he does not have any papers to get that social security that he has contributed to for 30 years. he will be homeless after working for many years. i faced this situation with my clients a lot. i help low income people. sometimes it is very difficult. sometimes i think about how small the world is a and i see how immigration laws are changing. immigration rates started about 40 years ago and i started to see my client to come to me. my husband has been here 10 years and all of a sudden, his employer is asking for a work permit. we have two children. we just bought a
africa. welcome to "bbc news". later for you, private enterprise. a u.s. company successfully blanches a commercial spacecraft into orbit for the first time. underneath the border. the secret tunnel used to transport millions of dollars of drugs between mexico and the u.s. in lin hackers supporting wikileaks are taking cyber revenge on financial institutions seen as colluding with the american government. they claim their operation playbacpayback crashed web site. our technology correspondent reports. >> the legal and diplomatic battle swirling around the wikileaks founder gets more intense by the day. the similar contest is being fought in saocyberspace. paypal, visa, and mastercard have ended their relationship with the wikileaks. hackers from a group calling themselves operation paybacks a broad down -- say they brought down mastercard. others reported that the web payment service was not available for some hours. another on-line payment service explained why it has stopped dealing with wikileaks. >> the u.s. government wrote a letter saying that the wikileaks activity was deemed il
in afghanistan. the diplomatic cables say that u.s. and afghan officials believe that british officers were not up to the task of securing helmand province on their own appeared >> today, u.s. forces are fighting and dying in helmand. according to confidential cables are revealed by wikileaks, the u.s. and the afghan government in 2008 were critical of the u.k.'s performance. one cable has haunted karzai telling a u.s. senator -- hamid karzai to take the british away and put in u.s. forces instead. they believed that there were not up to the task for securing helmand province for the elections. >> this suggestion the british are not prepared to fight as actively as american. the facts do not bear that out. there was a cohesive pulling together of the american and british at the core of nato, and we should not allow that very fractured position it to be distracted from by the leaking documents which are not helpful, not least the british and american soldier who are slugging their backs guts out. mcneal was said that there had been a lot of action are narcotics but little progress. and he wa
treated. >> we heard from the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton who said america had lost one of its fiercest champions. he was a constant of diplomat, someone who could stare down dictators and stand for american values and interests. she said this was a sad day for personally, to the state department, and america. she said richard holbrooke delivered almost 50 years of service and help shape the history and managed the present and secure the future. we heard from the former british prime minister tony blair called mr. holbrooke are remarkable man who had done lots of work for a more peaceful world. >> what sort of legacy will he leave amongst the political community in washington? >> i think we heard the statement by mrs. clinton in particular. the legacy of his historic role that he played. she describe id the peace accors that ended the war in bosnia. he managed to bring warring leaders to the table. more recently, there was his role as president obama's envoy in afghanistan and pakistan. many will be asking the question who is to succeed him in the time when the u.s. is pushing
it would take 10 years to get it. my grandmother is a u.s. citizen and today my parents and my sister, my entire family here are citizens. i am the only undocumented in my family. that is because immigration officials refused to follow the law. i will explain why. it took so long to get my parents residency that i aged out. they do not care when you turn 21. they tell you to get in the back of the line. even waiting nine years, they are asking me to go to the back of the line again. i will be 23 by the time i can immigrate to the country legally. in the meantime, growing up, my parents had no idea this would happen. i graduated from college with a bachelor's in political science with a master's i as well. we fought hard to stay in the country. according to the law of the land, i am supposed to be able to use my old date for filing for immigration to the country, but so far immigration is refusing to let me use that old date, so i am in a month now. i cannot go back to fiji because i would have a 10-year ban on me. my mother has a small cleaning business she need help with. when i was in c
that pakistan's nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of terrorists. game man and women could serve in the u.s. armed forces -- the gay men and women could serve in the u.s. armed forces. welcome to "bbc world news." keeping the peace in the most dangerous city in earth. we go with african union troops in mogadishu. going to extremes. what is it like living in one of the coldest places in the world affects -- in the world? as the whistle blowing website wikileaks releases its latest casper -- latest batch of controversial documents, interpol has added the details of founder julian assange to its watch list, saying he is wanted for sex crimes. it is a sexual offense in sweden. he denies the allegations and has not been charged. this does not amount to an arrest warrant. if people have any informations about his whereabouts, they are asked to contact interpol. the risk of terrorism from extremists in pakistan is spelled out in the latest batch of documents released by wikileaks. britain, the united states, and russia all expressed deep concern that they could steal enough from pakistan's facilit
. >> now bbc world news. >> an economic competor with no morals. a u.s. diplomat revealed by wiki leaks. chinese tries to undermine the noble prize. >> prizing tension in the korean peninsula. >> hello and thank you for being with us. the growing rivalry between china and the u.s. has been highlighted. painting a stark picture between the two countries. a u.s. diplomat describes xhoina as a man ip u law with no morals. it wasn't for africa. the cables listed in detail, the increasing roll. intelligence gathering equipment. not yet a threat, america would start worrying the election of president obama had helped lift its influence. the diplomat reported of the un general. the existence was encouraging. bbc news. >> the relationship between china an and the united states has been thrown into the sharp. so far, there's been no reaction from china. there hasn't been any reaction from the chinese to the contents. in 2009, reporting six times the year in 2,000. china has a new response using that influence to help. they made no apologizes for that. they made no anger. continuing to show know
giant of u.s. foreign policy. that was the president's description of his special envoy to afghanistan and pakistan, richard holbrooke. known to friends and enemies as the bulldozer. in recent years he has been trying to bend afghani beaters to america's will. >> a towering figure. richard holbrooke was famous for getting his feet dirty. >> i do not think the to and draw in national conclusion from this. >> known to have been blunt behind-the-scenes, yet courteous. >> i carried a personal message from president obama. >> a tough negotiator and a veteran troubleshooter. having worked with tcratic assoe 1970's. europe's war in bosnia, he persuaded the leaders of the warring parties to go to some unlikely surroundings. making it clear to them that they would not be leaving until a peace deal was signed. >> on paper we have peace. making it work is our next and greatest challenge. >> he approached the challenge of afghanistan with no less enthusiasm, reportedly discussing it with his pakistani dr. well being prepared for surgery. >> in terms of the level of energy and his networks, he was
, allegedly by the north, prompted an extra drill earlier this year. >>> a senior u.s. delegation has arrived in beijing for discussions on north korea. the visit comes at a time of heightened tensions on the korean peninsula since last month's deadly exchange of artillery fire. the delegation is being led by deputy secretary of state james steinberg. they arrived in the chinese capital on wednesday. during their three-day stay the group will meet state councillor in charge of foreign affairs dai bingguo. the u.s. delegation is expected to ask china to put more pressure on north korea to dissuade it from taking any more provocative actions. china is expected to call on the u.s. to agree to an emergency meeting of the six-party talks on the north's nuclear program. dai has said that north korea responded positively to the proposed meeting when he met north korean leader kim jong il last week in pyongyang. >>> the u.n. security council has decided to partially lift sanctions on iraq in a move that would allow the country to develop a civilian nuclear program. the sanctions have been in place fo
into negotiations with russia. you can see that debate live on our companion network, c-span2. the u.s. house returns for legislative work tomorrow. they're waiting for the senate to act on temporary spending. congressional quarterly reported the deal debated now would increase spending more than $1 billion over the next four months. most agencies would see no increase. most of the funds would go to veterans programs. continuing science education programs. coming up at 1:00 p.m. eastern, live on c-span with a discussion on health care law. the white house office of health reform head joins. >> tonight, with the holiday season in full swing, a discussion on internet sales tax with scott peterson of the streamlined sales tax governing board and jerry cerasale. that is at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> it's all available to you on television, radio come on line, and social media networking sites. find our contaent anytime 3 c- span video library. it is washington, your way. the c-span networks, now available in more than 100 million homes. created by cable, provided as a public service. >> the
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. a senior u.s. state department official says north korea must stop provocations and accept u.n. inspectors before the six-party talks on the country's nuclear program can be resumed. assistant secretary of state philip crowley announced on thursday a set of five conditions north korea must meet before the talks are reopened. >> one is to cease provocations. a second is to reduce tensions in the region. a third is to improve its relationship with south korea. and a fourth is to take affirmative steps to denuclearize in line with the 2005 joint statement. >> crowley also demanded the north abide by its international obligations under u.n. security council resolutions, which include a call to halt ballistic missile development. the u.s. official said if the north demonstrates its seriousness through action the door to renewed dialogue might open. following the north's artillery attack on a south korean island last month, china, the chair of the six-party talks, is proposing an emergency meeting of chief delegates. but
. lawyers for the 39-year-old maintain both charges are politically motivated. assange says the u.s. government is trying to punish him for his publication of secret documents. >> he is very worried about his colleagues at wikileaks, but he understands that the organization is functioning. >> supporters continue to stand vigil outside the jail where assange is being detained. they say it is obvious that the political elements have continued his incarceration. >> with sweden appealing the decision to grant bail, i asked our correspondent in london what happens next. >> it is considered unlikely that this appeal will be granted. so julian assange can hope that he can leave prison within a couple of days. then he will actually have to appear in court again on january 11. until then, he has to surrender his passport and adhere to a curfew and where electronic tags. later on, there's another big court hearing which decides whether he will be extradited to sweden. so this is a big question in the weeks to come. >> we understand he has related to define message through his mother. what can
with two votes. >> it is very sad. we did everything we could. >> fans in the u.s. were also disappointed, although at least they had the world cup in 1994. while they commiserate, the winners can celebrate. two countries enjoying the moment of history. bbc news. >> minutes after the announcement, russia's prime minister said he was traveling to think fifa. vladimir putin said that the decision showed russia could be trusted. our moscow correspondent richard galpin reports. >> pure delight here in moscow, and that the country's allegiance of football fans. celebrating the first time the country has ever won the right to host the world cup. there is not so much surprised here because russia has been of favorite for 2018 for some time now. although there has been a bit of all wabble for the last few days, in yen, it made a difference -- indienne, it made no difference. >> and a sense of the huge impact it have on the country's future. >> the future opportunities. for football fans, for government, to make our country better. >> now all be lavish promises made in the bid must be turned into
for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >>> a new era of arms control for america and russia. u.s. senators vote to ratify the start nuclear treaty. south korea it ignores threats from p'yongyang it and plans live military fire exercises on the border with the north. the greek parliament approves new budget measures, but the unions are not happy. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcasting and the u.k. and around the world. also coming up, a convoy of dangerous nuclear material moves is secretly through europe. we have an exclusive report. hundreds are evacuate from their homes in california after a massive storm. >>> the u.s. senate has approved the new start nuclear arms treaty with russia. it reduces both countries arsenals of deployed warheads, bombers, and nuclear submarines and is seen as a key effort in president obama's efforts to repair the relationship with moscow. we have this report from washington. >> mr. kerry? >> aye. >> on the senate floor to a chorus of ayes, the new start was finally born. >> this is one of their times in the u.s. senate's when we have in our power to safegu
news broadcast our viewers on pbs in america. a war of words between the u.s. and venezuela. washington is planning to rule by decree. the harrier jump jet, one of the greatest military innovations bows out after 40 years. the u.s. government has announced it is selling bp and other companies over the oil spill and the gulf of mexico. the spokesman for the justice department says it will hold them fully accountable for the billions of dollars spent on cleanup. >> of the explosion killed 11 men. and wrecking the fishing industry. the american government said it happened because of safety regulations were violated. they failed to take safety precautions and failed to use the best available technology and failed to maintain equipment. >> we intend to prove that the defendants under the oil pollution act. as well as environmental damages. >> president obama's de was criticized, and not looking just for damages, but signs as well. if they can prove gross negligence, and could amount to 13 billion pounds. >> they suffered an enormous consequences. >> of the case against them as expected, and
serve in the u.s. military going back to world war i and discusses the challenges still faced by women serving in iraq and afghanistan today. this event was hosted by the cincinnati va medical center. it's about 45 minutes. >> thank you, kelly. and i want to thank of veterans affairs medical center in cincinnati and with the all whitman's american legion post 644 for making it possible for me to be here today. and i want to make a special thank viewed to booktv for helping us spread the word about the long buried treasure of america's military women were. this program has given us an opportunity to tell you about a national treasure which has been all but completely absent with leave from america's historical memory. even when united states history was required as a subject in high school and colleges and many university textbooks and courses had very little to say about women were, how they had contributed to the winning of world war i, world war ii, the war in korea and vietnam. as the writing team of anderson and a psychologist co-authored dr. sullivan evelyn lenihan we have a combi
colleagues over here, i think the quality of intellectual discussion in the media is higher in the u.s. i think the discussion of political issues is some what more dominated by policy rather than crazy washington life. here you tend to get weeks of tiny u.k. stories that i don't think people are interested in. in terms of the politicians, the politicians in the u.k. do talk about the issues probably more than the politicians in the u.s. so i was struck by that. they're worried about their money raising and everything else. it doesn't happen so much in the u.k. >> we need to get back to the stephanie flanders story. those people in the u.s. may know your sister, laura flanders. what's the relationship, age, who's older? >> she is seven years older, although i get rather disconcerted. people do ask me, i like to think it's clear but i'm afraid it's getting less and less clear. we've had a trans atlantic time of it as sisters. she went to america for six months off. then was going to come back to college here in the u.k. but she fell in love with new york and stayed there ever since. that w
for publishing the u.s. diplomatic cables. backing from from australia's foreign minister, even though he is criticized in the cables. he believes america is responsible. >> the release of this material was allowed by u.s. personnel. >> welcome to gmt. a serious blow to the hopes are riding italy's peace talks -- of continuing israel's peace talks. to much talk, not enough action, the un security council president tells the world. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 11:00 p.m. in canberra where australia's foreign minister has been turning the tables on the united states after all of their concerns about wikileaks. he says it is not julian assange was to blame for publishing thousands of secret diplomatic cables but the united states for having inadequate data security. these remarks come as julian assange is in a british prison facing possible extradition to sweden. that does not stop wikileaks from releasing more embarrassing documents. >> the wikileaks' founder, julian assange, has spent his first night in prison. he clancy never sexually assault the two women. it is t
for the u.s. economy just when it, loo like things might be picking up. who is hiring and why. >>> president obama's surprise visit to u.s. troops in afghanistan. why he went now and why he canceled on the afghan president? new information. the founder of wikileaks says even if he is arrested or his army is taken down, he has an army full of people ready to spill secrets. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >>> a new punch in the gut for the united states. 15 million americans are desperate to try and get a paycheck. once again, job growth hit the brakes in a big, big way. take a look at the new numbers that are so disturbing to so many millions of people. 39,000 jobs were created last month. that's less than a third of the 150,000 jobs economists had expected. the overall unemployment rate rose once again to 9.8%. >> there is too much pain out there. there is still millions of people out of work trying to make due without a paycheck and without the dignity or respect that goes with your job. >> it gets worse. right now, more than 6 million americans have been jobless for half
of the most important points this report makes is that the u.s. as to dispel that uncertainty. we have to commit to a long-term strategy and military commitment. as a stable one in afghanistan. today if you are in pakistan and a national security adviser or and afghan adviser to president karzai, you are operating under the assumption that the u.s. is leaving. the clock is running out. we have to dispel that notion. >> nato said 2014. from 2010, that looks far off, but all the sudden time tends to creep up. does that not still send that message? we are exiting. >> platts acknowledge there were we were this time last year, we were talking about -- let's acknowledge where we were "the star-ledger" we were talking about 2011. it spurred a movement on the part of the afghan government. i think it was a strategic blunder to put that 2011 marker out there in the december 1 speech. >> do you agree? >> i think it has worked against our interests. >> that is less than a strategic blunder. >> 12 months later, we are talking about 2014. we were able to get nato allies to commit to 2014. the genes
to make to insure that the u.s. navy could operate at the maximum efficiency if be and when america entered the war. in early 1917 concerned about having enough navy men to man the ship, daniels asked his advisers about having enough navy, about the word in the navy regs. he said, now, does the absence of the word male before the words u.s. citizen allow him to enlist women in the navy? and with a thumbs up from those advisers, daniels ordered the u.s. navy to enlist women. and women flooded to recruiting stations, and they signed up, and they were sworn in to the navy. after world war ii ended, the united states congress decided to change what they saw as an error in the navy regulations. and they changed it back to from u.s. citizen, they put the word "male" in front of that. now, this is an example of what a difference the presence or the absence of a single word means in the united states' official document. just as the words in the united states' constitution are extremely important when granting full rights to citizenship to men and women in our country. the words "u.s. citize
and nasdaq finished ahead four. if you are unsure what year the u.s. entered world war one one state will not help you. >> instead of sending a angry letter to the editor. extremist plotted a full-scale terror attack. but the acted knick of time. five men arrested four in denmark and all were islamist. police say they planned a mumbai style attack on a building housing the newspaper in copen hagen that published cartoons of prophet mohamud. >> this is a case of terror threat in denmark and we stand before people who want to travel to denmark with the objective of carrying out the attacks. protest broke out around the world and a tolts of 50 people were killed. those arrested planned to kill people. they had plastic strips and machine gun and silence and ammunition on them according to the police. this comes on the heels of the suicide attack in stolkholm. in that attack a car was meant to blow up on a busy street in the height of the christmas shopping season but it didn't. there is no connection police say between the plots. >> the economic woes and right wing parties in places in s
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mine. >> hello. it is the biggest leak in history. there are more revelations to come. the release of u.s. diplomatic cables by wikileaks has caused embarrassment to the u.s., its allies, and enemies alike. russia has become a mafia state. the publication raises the unanswered question regarding what putin has implicated in the russian mafia. the claims may well represent the moment that wikileaks releases went from uncomfortable to serious diplomatic route. -- row. >> one u.s. embassador reported comments that russia had become a virtual mafia state. one cannot differentiate between the activities of the government and the activities of organized crime groups. at the time, it was the experience of many based in moscow. there have been rumors about high-level corruption in russia. russia is, evidently, a very corrupt place. it is pretty clear that people in the interior ministry, for example, can get away with a great deal. they would not be able to do that if they did not have high level production. i don't know. i have never seen proof of specific names connected with crime. the evidenc
a bit in 2011. m&a expert rich peterson says it depends on the health of the u.s. economy. >> there's a correlation between the rate of g.d.p. growth and m&a activity. and we're in a period of positive growth in terms of the economy, but it's tepid. >> reporter: peterson is betting that next year u.s. m&a activity could reach $900 billion. that would be a sizeable increase from this year's $800 billion level, but a far cry from the heady days before the financial crisis. so what's likely to fuel the urge to merge? for some companies, it may be the desire to go global with their business, as well as all the money they've squirreled away. >> if you look at corporate cash levels, according to numbers we see here at standard and poor's, non-financial companies in the s&p 500 have approximately $1 trillion cash on hand. so, there's the currency to do the deal activity. >> reporter: experts predict many deals will happen in the cash-rich technology arena. also look for mergers in the basic materials and energy sectors. for individual investors, it's difficult to guess which companies will
in -- in sweden and britain in coming days. bbc news. >> a u.s. judge in the u.s. state of virginia has declared the health-care law has unconstitutional. it is the first time a case against the reform has been upheld. two other judges previously ruled in their favor. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has welcomed a decision by the u.s. to abandon the call for a freeze on israeli settlement building. it is the first public comment since the u.s. changed their policy on friday. the latest u.s. diplomatic cables released by wikileaks claim the irish republican leaders were in the military ira as recently as five years ago it also stated that both men would know about of $40 million bank robbery. both men said the claims are untrue. in our show of force, troops in ivory coast khalil to the presidents have today temporarily blocked access -- loyal to the president have today temporarily blocked access. united nations and the african union have conceded that he has won the elections. our reporter in the main city, don james, said this report. >> government soldiers take up positions close to
across the u.s. -- across the uk -- nine men are charged with terrorist offenses. the u.s. and germany voice concerns after mikhail khodorkovsky is convicted of embezzlement and money laundering. heavy snowstorms cause chaos all along the eastern seaboard. welcome to "bbc world news" broadcast on pbs and run the globe. as english looks to capitalize on their advantage ahead of the third day's play. we get to a village in kenya to find out why it has a proud record of producing champion long-distance runners. >> nine men arrested in police raids in the u.k. appeared in court charged in connection with plots to kill high-profile targets in the u.k. the london stock exchange, the u.s. embassy, political and religious figures were all potential targets. the men were charged with conspiracy to prepare racks of terrorism. three men charged at the same time were released without charge. >> the nine men were brought to the westminster court this morning after a week of questioning by counter-terrorism officers. the two suspects arrested london were the first to appear on the dock, followed by
received the request, but said they do not have to give into the north's threat. >>> u.s. joint chiefs of staff vice chairman james cartwright has expressed concern that tensions could escalate on the korean peninsula. >> if that is misunderstood or if it's taken advantage of as an opportunity, if north korea were to react to that in a negative way and fire back, that would start potentially a chain reaction of firing and counter firing. >> he added that the u.s. military will send observers to the drill. cartwright's remarks apparently indicate that the u.s. and south korea militaries are trying to avoid giving north korea an excuse for provocation. >>> japan is shifting its approach to defense. it plans to upgrade the mobility of the self-defense forces to enable them to respond to moves by north korea and china. the cabinet endorsed the guidelines on friday. they are the first in six years. the guidelines call north korea an unstable factor in the region's security. china, they say, is a growing concern for the international community as that country becomes more active in waters ne
tourist. >> the u.s. and several other countries are stepping up pressure on the founder of wikileaks. a fresh arrest warrant has been issued for julian assange. his lawyer said they are in the process of arranging meetings with british police. sweden and 1 cent to answer allegations of sexual assault. he has -- wants him to answer allegations of sexual assault. the web site began publishing thousands of confidential diplomatic cables. >> the battle between wikileaks and in authorities intensified. an arrest warrant for julian assange arrived at the crime agency this or even at -- this afternoon. he is believed to be in britain and could be arrested by police at any time. >> we are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police. my concerns in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that is needed. >> julian assange is wanted for questioning in sweden over sexual assault charges. charges his supporters say are the result of political pressure and part of a wider campaign against him. >> there has been excitement by people in high places. under these c
the minute b.c. bud crosses the border. >> over here it's about $2,000 u.s. a pound and if you want to walk 15 feet it raises to about $3,000 u.s. a pound. >> reporter: and the price keeps climb as the pot moves south. canadian police say much of it is ending up in major west coast cities including seattle, los angeles and san francisco where it carries a premium price. >> high grade canadian marijuana will be in a price level per pound between $5,000 and $8,000. >> reporter: u.s. custom agencies say they are now making arrests for smuggling every three days or so. agents say they have found pot hidden in spare tires and secret compartments of vehicles, all part of a major trade worth billions of dollars. easy money when the border is as wide open as this. the 5,000-mile stretch of land is the world's longest unguarded border. in many spots all that separates the two countries is a shallow ditch. how easy is it to cross the canadian border? here i am in canada and now, i'm in the united states. it's a border with miles of lonely roads, perfect for drug smugging. >> they can drive up and t
at had relatively good news on the u.s. economy. the reaction has been mixed up with that data. >> a lot of people say that even with this program of qeii, it will not have a huge effect on the economy. what else can be governments do to get companies to hire and invest? >> i think the line that this will not have any impact -- the litany of the financial market effect that we saw in september and october put that to rest. it does have an impact if the fed is buying a long the treasury curve. those are the financial market effects, so they are not necessarily the real economy, real investment consumption. we know there is long and variable lag between what happens in financial markets and what happens in the real economy. i would expect the easing of monetary policy over the next six-12 months. >> what is your monetary policy. the federal reserve just released a report that showed a slow decline in unemployment. it is still in the 9% range one year from now. what is your expectation and what do you expect to see? >> on labor markets, we know labor markets lag the rest of the economy and
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